Yesterday we celebrated Women’s Day in South Africa…09 August 2017
The day commemorates the 1956 march of approximately 20 000 women to the
Union Buildings in Pretoria to petition against the country’s
pass laws that required South Africans defined as “black” under The Population Registration Act to carry an internal passport, known as a pass, that served to maintain population segregation, control urbanisation, and manage migrant labour during the apartheid era .
The day was filled with vibrant activity at the Artscape Theatre as hundreds if not thousands of Men and Women gathered to commemorate the occasion, it all started with a march from the Company Gardens voicing their concerns on Violence against Women and Children.
61 years later, we might have not have the same concerns but Women are still mobilising and showing that they are a force to be reckoned with when standing together for a common goal.
I found the event interesting and ofcourse inspiring as I walked around looking at the stalls displaying various Woman empowerment intiatives among others, I bought a cool Relate™ bracelet after a conversation with the lady at the Amy Beihl Foundation stand. For more information on the foundation and also the purpose behind the Relate™ bracelets visit the following websites:
“She made our aspirations her own and lost her life in the turmoil of our transition as the new South Africa struggled to be born in the dying moments of apartheid. Through her, our peoples have also shared the pain of confronting a terrible past as we take the path of reconciliation and healing of our nation” – Nelson Mandela
Another amazing group I came across are the International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG), here I got lost in conversation on the impact these women have in South Africa and The World. We realised that just speaking to each other no matter what gender you are if you can empathise with another and just listen we are already one step closer to PEACE.
“If we, women, become one, the miracles of peace will happen. The building of peace is a special task for every woman” – IWPG
The real reason I found this event inspiring was when I heard 7 Women read excerpts of their life stories of surviving abuse and violence, The book Women Surviving Lavender Hill is a complilation of stories written by 7 women in a writing project offered by New World Foundation.
The book is a no holds barred account of these ladies struggles but ultimately coming out on top and SURVIVING, they open up their hearts and hopefully those reading it will be empowered and inspired to overcome similar situations.
I salute these 7 perfect Women and wish them all the best…infact I salute all Women and Thank you for being such powerful human beings.